Duterte has always allowed dissent, protests – Palace
President Rodrigo Duterte has always allowed criticisms to be thrown at him, Malacañang assured on February 25, 2017 (Saturday) as various sectors react to the arrest of Senator Leila de Lima.
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“They [critics of the President] can very well open their mouth and speak. Ang mahalaga lang is they do not break the law,” Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said adding that protests have always been allowed by President Duterte even the one against the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Abella also emphasized that if Duterte did not allow dissent, his Cabinet would not be composed of members from both the left and the right. “They [dissenters] are all allowed. But they do not break the peace and order, stuff like that, they do not interfere with traffic, stuff like that,” Abella said.
President Duterte received criticisms for his so-called aggressive campaign against drugs and for putting Senator Leila de Lima behind bars, to which Abella comments, “siguro masama rin ang loob nila patungkol diyan pero po as you can very well see, everything was played also in the open in media.”
The senator had a number of violations against Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 which put her into arrest. “Wala naman pong naitago and you know, for all intents and purposes, everything was objective. Everything was done objectively and with fair play,” Abella said.
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As one of de Lima’s allies, Senator Risa Hontiveros lashed at the President by saying that democracy died when de Lima was arrested, to which Abella countered, “I think Ms. Risa should spend her social capital on better things. Maganda pa naman sana ‘yung ano niya, ‘yung kanyang pagka-sober but her political understanding seems to be too colored.”
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